Decry De*cry", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Decrying}.] [F. d['e]crier, OF. descrier; pref. des- (L. dis-) + crier to cry. See {Cry}, and cf. {Descry}.] To cry down; to censure as faulty, mean, or worthless; to clamor against; to blame clamorously; to discredit; to disparage. [1913 Webster]

For small errors they whole plays decry. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Measures which are extolled by one half of the kingdom are naturally decried by the other. --Addison.

Syn: To {Decry}, {Depreciate}, {Detract}, {Disparage}.

Usage: Decry and depreciate refer to the estimation of a thing, the former seeking to lower its value by clamorous censure, the latter by representing it as of little worth. Detract and disparage also refer to merit or value, which the former assails with caviling, insinuation, etc., while the latter willfully underrates and seeks to degrade it. Men decry their rivals and depreciate their measures. The envious detract from the merit of a good action, and disparage the motives of him who performs it. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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